In 2021, Egis adopted its “Impact the Future” project so that the Group could take the next step in its development and address the most important challenges of the century. Climate change, the deterioration of biodiversity, the digital revolution, demographic growth and accelerating urbanisation are all major challenges that require us to display ingenuity and technical prowess.

The strategy is focused on three main development priorities: transport and mobility of the future, building sustainable cities and developing renewable energies in an integrated approach based on eco-design, eco-construction and sustainable operation. The stakes are high and include guaranteeing the quality of life for residents in an increasingly urbanised world, facilitating the circulation of people and merchandise in a more complex and interconnected world and widening access to clean energy so we can actively contribute to saving the environment.

The coronavirus crisis hit the entire global economy hard, but the multiple stimulus plans offer a genuine opportunity to rebuild differently all around the world, in particular by furthering the ecological transition.

Our ambition: become a leading player in intelligent and sustainable infrastructure to combat climate change and improve people’s living environment

Our mission is to support our public and private clients from the beginning to the end of their projects. This allows us to harness the experience gained over the entire project life cycle and strengthens our understanding of the challenges they face. We dialogue with our own stakeholders (economic and financial partners, governments and public institutions, regional players, academia and civil society), as well as with those of our clients so we can encourage them to consider societal issues as much as the technical and environmental aspects of our work. This is the driving force behind the three commitments in our Sustainable Development Charter published in 2012: anticipate and avert; assist and build; assemble and involve.

Our values: A creative, responsible and human-centred company

We carry out our business in line with our three fundamental values: being a creative, responsible and human-centred company. We need to take ownership of our values in the way we carry out our projects around the world, but also in our behaviour as individuals. The Ethics and Compliance Charter stipulates rules of conduct to be followed by all employees. The Group’s long-term success depends on its employees’ ability to earn the trust of their customers and partners, and perpetuate a culture of quality. The current ecological, energy and demographic transitions, the digital revolution and the emergence of new economic models require us to be ever more technical and inventive so that we can develop the best possible solutions and effectively respond to our customers’ current and future needs.

Climate change and the digital revolution: Two major challenges at the heart of our business strategy

Climate change is arguably the most important challenge facing the world today, and our vocation, values and skills require us to put it at the heart of our strategic decisions. Our ambition is to gradually develop engineering and operating services that go beyond a strictly “low carbon” approach. We offer our customers net-zero emissions solutions based on the pillars of eco-design, low carbon and sequestration. The operational projects entrusted to us give us the greatest opportunity for action.

At the same time, it is crucial that we set an example and fully control the ecological footprint linked to our internal operations. Our aim is to contribute to achieving global carbon neutrality by 2050[1], in accordance with the commitments of the Paris Agreement.

In addition, the technology wave is revolutionising the entire construction sector and shaking up established value chains with the arrival of new players from the digital world. Digital technology has caused us to completely revisit our tools and working methods. It is also a fantastic opportunity to develop new services with high added value and, in particular, come up with responses to the challenge of climate change.

IMPACT THE FUTURE is a part of our continued commitment to sustainable development and is beneficial to our ambition and hallmark:

[1] According to the Net-Zero Initiative framework

 

From ambitions to actions

Today, Egis’ goal is to be recognised as an accelerating force for the ecological and energy transition and be among the world’s leading players on these issues. Egis firmly believes that it is its duty and its social and environmental responsibility to ensure favourable living conditions for future generations. By definition, our engineering business needs to focus on new ways of doing things. This includes exploring new approaches and new methods for building a better world for the benefit of our customers, who themselves have commitments and goals to meet in terms of sustainable development and in particular in the fight against climate change.

We have proudly promoted this commitment since 2011:

2011 2012 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
  • Adherence to the United Nations Global Compact
  • Publication of the Egis Sustainable Development Charter
  • The Shift Project’s Decarbonize Europe manifesto signed by Egis

  • SD/ CSR objectives taking into consideration the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Signature of the climate engineering charter
  • Campaigns for construction engineers
  • Signature of the Women’s Forum Climate Charter
  • Egis joined Act4nature

 

  • Publication of the “21 proposals for a low carbon economic recovery”

  • New SD/CSR objectives prioritising the fight against climate change and the restoration of biodiversity
  • Publication of the Act4Nature action plan

In April 2021, Egis published its Act4Nature/Companies committed to nature action plan.

Egis, through its activities, is already highly invested in the fight against climate change and the resulting need to safeguard biodiversity. However, given the urgency of the situation, we thought it necessary to join the Act4Nature initiative at the end of 2019 and formally sign on to the 10 common commitments. Egis published its Act4Nature action plan in April 2021.
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In June 2020, Egis published its “21 proposals for a low carbon economic recovery”

Egis’ experts and specialists were asked to formulate solid proposals based on innovative, tried and tested solutions. They used their technical expertise and high capacity to innovate to contribute to the collective effort of reinventing the world that surrounds us. We condensed our ideas into 21 proposals that apply to all sectors in which we operate. For each proposal, there are illustrations of project references and innovative solutions designed by Egis.

Find out more about the 21 proposals

In 2019, Egis signed the climate engineering charter (Syntec Ingénierie) and the public statement from structural and civil engineers declaring a climate and ecological emergency

  • By signing Syntec Ingénierie’s climate charter, Egis has committed to finding new ways of reducing the carbon footprint of the Group’s projects, adopting sustainable, low carbon internal practices and reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Egis and its subsidiary Elioth, specialising in innovative structures, were among the first signatories of the public statement from structural and civil engineers. Following the British initiatives Construction Declares and UK Structural Engineers Declare, the French building and construction sector published a Public Declaration inciting national figures in structural and civil engineering to agree on a common commitment: take positive, concrete measures to respond to the climate emergency and the deterioration of biodiversity.

In 2019, Egis also signed the Women’s Forum Charter to contribute to the development of a post-carbon economy and a more inclusive world

The Women’s Forum aims to highlight the vision and voices of women from all generations on the main economic and social issues of our time, by leveraging the experiences and expertise of women from across the world. The charter, presented on 26 June 2019 on the occasion of the G20, makes an appeal to all stakeholders, whether public, private or individuals, to join together in advancing two key intrinsically linked themes: women and climate.

Egis was also among the first companies to respond to the “Ecological Awakening” student movement

Egis was among the first set of companies to respond transparently to the questionnaire sent to over 100 CEOs of major corporations on their handling of environmental issues. Find our answers here

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In 2018, Egis committed to fighting climate change

 

The fight against climate change is a top priority for the Group. To make this commitment a reality, Egis set two objectives that are directly linked to the Paris Agreement:

1. Offer engineering and operations services to respond to climate change,

2. Control its own carbon footprint.

Regarding its services, the Group launched a “1.5°C Pathway” approach to gradually strengthen its range of solutions to fight climate change:

  • Low carbon solutions,
  • Adaptable solutions which are resilient to climate change,
  • Sequestration solutions.

 

A collection of posters presenting these services is under development (image overview below).

Egis has just started an action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 for its own carbon footprint (relating to its operations) starting with the areas where its footprint is largest:

Employee travel (89% of our footprint – 2019 data1)
Energy consumption of buildings and computer data (10% of our footprint – 2019 data1)
Waste (1% of our footprint – 2019 data1)
(1) Scope: France

In 2017, Egis became a signatory of The Shift Project’s manifesto to decarbonize Europe

Egis signed The Shift Project’s manifesto, a call for action to prevent the Paris Agreement going unheeded. The manifesto, which comprises nine solid and quantified proposals, identifies sectors as varied as transport and energy sources, which are industries in which Egis has considerable expertise.

Find out more on the manifesto.

 

In 2012, Egis published a Sustainable Development Charter

Built on the basis of the three As, Anticipate, Assist, Assemble, the charter was co-designed by a panel representing internal and external stakeholders. The Charter responds to the Group’s three fundamental values: being a creative, responsible and human-centred company.

Its 12 principles, based on the three priorities of Anticipating, Assisting and Assembling, are each broken down into operational guidelines that detail the progress of actions carried out and the associated indicators (some indicators are under development).

Download Egis’ Sustainable Development charter

Since 2011, Egis has chosen to commit to the United Nations Global Compact

The Global Compact is a UN initiative that was launched in the year 2000. It encourages businesses worldwide to adopt a more socially responsible attitude. Members undertake to actively implement and promote simple principles relating to human rights, international labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption. Since November 2011, Egis has committed to bringing its development strategy and operations in line with the 10 principles of the Global Compact. Each year, Egis reports on the actions taken and progress made on a dedicated web page (voir rubrique «Table of compliance with the Global Compact »).

Find out more at the Global Compact website